Clive Cussler

Author and explorer

Cover detail from the Penguin edition of Crescent Dawn

 ?? Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is an international bestselling adventure novelist and underwater explorer. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, Cussler went to work in the advertising industry as a copywriter. After a succesful career writing commercials, he then began writing adventure fiction in 1965.

His most famous creation is marine engineer, government agent and adventurer Dirk Pitt. The Dirk Pitt novels frequently take on an alternative history perspective, with military plots and settings.

Cussler also writes the Oregon Files series about a special US Government-sponsored ship called the Oregon, the NUMA Files about an underwater exploration team, the Fargo Adventures about professional treasure hunters, and the Isaac Bell detective series. 

Clive Cussler is the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a not-for-profit organization with the same name as the fictional government agency in his books. Through his exploration projects Cussler and his NUMA volunteers have found over 60 shipwrecks of historic significance.

Cussler is married, with three children and lives between his homes in Colorado and Arizona.

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Wrath of Poseidon
Penguin Publishing Group (2020)

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo come up against an old enemy while searching for a treasure...

Typhoon Fury
Penguin Publishing Group (2017)

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon sail into a perfect...

Raise the Titanic!
Penguin Publishing Group (2004)

On orders from the Pentagon, marine explorer Dirk Pitt must salvage crucial material from the...

Celtic Empire
Penguin Publishing Group (2019)

Clive Cussler, "The Grand Master of Adventure," sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino...

Final Option
Penguin Publishing Group (2019)

In Final Option , Juan Cabrillo fights the worst enemy from his past to the terrifying and...

Blue Gold: A novel from the NUMA Files

Blue Gold

A novel from the NUMA Files

Pocket Books (2000)

Clive Cussler’s New York Times bestselling Blue Gold, now available in ebook, is a...

Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA files


A Novel from the NUMA files

Pocket Books (2000)

The author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers unleashes a hero for the next...

Black Wind
Penguin Publishing Group (2006)

Legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt must work with his children to unravel old battle plans from WWII...

Trojan Odyssey
Penguin Publishing Group (2004)

In his first adventure since the revelation that he’s a parent, Dirk Pitt must uncover the truth...

Atlantis Found (A Dirk Pitt Novel)
Penguin Publishing Group (2001)

Marine explorer Dirk Pitt faces off against an elite army from an era gone-by in order to uncover...